Do You (or someone you love) Have Daytime Sleepiness and Fatigue?

How much sleep does an average person need?

Sleep needs vary from person to person, but most adults require between 7-8 hours of sleep to be properly rested. Infants need as many as 15 hours while the elderly can get by with as little as 5-7. During normal sleep there is a general decrease in body temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, and most of our other bodily functions. Conversely, the brain does not decrease in activity. Numerous studies have demonstrated that our brains are as active during sleep as they are during waking hours. In an eight-hour sleep cycle, normal adults alternate between two extremely different states: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM sleep.

What is Non-REM Sleep?

Approximately 75% of the time you spend sleeping is in Non-REM sleep. Non-REM sleep, is generally the lighter stage of sleep. If you are woken up during a Non-REM stage of sleep, you’ll know where you are and be awake right away.

What is REM Sleep?

REM sleep makes up about 20 – 25% of the sleep cycle in normal adults. REM sleep is characterized by:

• Eyelid fluttering
• Rapid eye movement
• Release of Growth Hormone to repair damaged tissues
• Slowed breathing and respiration
• Decrease in body temperature
• Slowed in heart rate and blood pressure

If you are woken up during the REM stage of sleep, you will be groggy, not know where you are and it will take you a while to be wide awake.

If you have Obstructed Breathing while you sleep, it can keep you from getting into the deeper stage of REM sleep. If you do not get enough oxygen into your lungs when you are sleeping and do not get at least 25% of the night in REM sleep, you will wake up TIRED and have DAYTIME SLEEPINESS during the next day. This can significantly affect your ability to function at your job or keep children from performing with peak efficiency while at school. You can find out if you or your child’s Daytime Sleepiness and Fatigue is due to a Sleep Breathing Disorder in the comfort of your bedroom, with a home sleep screening device available from Dr. Tamura.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tamura

The office of Dr. Scott Tamura is dedicated to assisting you or your loved one in understanding the health risks caused by sleep related breathing disorders. Our goal is to help those who suffer get restful sleep through effective diagnosis and treatment. Call (310) 822-0202 to schedule an appointment today.

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